Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
Guardian banned Exxon AGM for ?lack objectivity on climate change'
Guardian: Keep it in the ground, this newspaper has argued for ages on fossil fuels. Then keep out of our annual meeting, replies ExxonMobil.
Or, to quote Exxon?s media relations manager, Alan Jeffers: ?We are denying your request [to attend Wednesday?s meeting] because of the Guardian?s lack of objectivity on climate change reporting demonstrated by its partnership with anti-oil and gas activists and its campaign against companies that provide energy necessary for modern life, including newspapers.?
Indonesian birds face extinction due to pet trade ? study
Guardian: Thirteen species of Indonesian birds, including the country?s symbolic Javan hawk-eagle, are at serious risk of extinction mainly due to the pet trade, a wildlife watchdog warned Wednesday.
The vast Indonesian archipelago is home to a dizzying array of birds and keeping them as pets has long been part of the national culture, with birdcages a common sight outside homes and shops across the country.
However increasing demand for some species as pets has led to dramatic population declines, wildlife...
ExxonMobil tried to censor climate scientists to Congress during Bush era
Guardian: ExxonMobil moved to squash a well-established congressional lecture series on climate science just nine days after the presidential inauguration of George W Bush, a former oil executive, the Guardian has learned.
Exxon?s intervention on the briefings, revealed here for the first time, adds to evidence the oil company was acutely aware of the state of climate science and its implications for government policy and the energy industry ? despite Exxon?s public protestations for decades about the uncertainties...
Do you know your wild species at risk? ? in pictures
Guardian: Do you know your wild species at risk? ? in pictures
New research by WWF as part of the Wear it Wild campaign has revealed that millions of Britons are unaware of how many of the world?s animals are vulnerable, endangered or even critically endangered.
Major fishing deal offers protection to Arctic waters
Guardian: Fishermen and seafood suppliers struck a major deal on Wednesday that will protect a key Arctic region from industrial fishing for cod.
Companies including McDonald?s, Tesco, Birds Eye, Europe?s largest frozen fish processor, Espersen, Russian group Karat, and Fiskebåt, which represents the entire Norwegian oceangoing fishing fleet, have said their suppliers will refrain from expanding their cod fisheries further into pristine Arctic waters.
?From the 2016 season the catching sector will not...
Great Barrier Reef: advisers call for cap on farm pollution
Guardian: A cap on pollution from farms close to the Great Barrier Reef has been proposed by advisers to the Queensland government.
The Great Barrier Reef water science taskforce, which advises the Queensland government on how to meet pollution targets on the reef, said sugar cane, grazing and other sectors should be given pollution load limits for their industries in each catchment. It also called for incentives such as auctions for pollution reduction, greater monitoring and regulation, along with ?significantly...
Spring happens all at once, and the woods feel giddy
Guardian: ?May-time, fair season ? blackbirds sing a full song, if there be a scanty beam of day,? sang an unknown Irish poet in what we now call the dark ages. Today, the light through the trees is as green and sour as a gooseberry. A high canopy of ash, latest to leaf and still sparse, lets sunshine and showers through to lower levels a-swamp with leaf; each one a crucible in the alchemy turning light into life.
Dark, gnarled trunks of old hawthorns have suddenly become lithe and sinuous, like shadow...
Malawi says 8 million people need food relief due to drought
Reuters: More than half of Malawi's population is in need of food aid after an El Nino-induced drought decimated crops, the minister of agriculture said on Wednesday.
The drought has ravaged much of southern Africa, but Malawi has been the worst-hit country with more almost half of its population of about 15 million affected.
"The results of this rapid assessment showed that close to 8.4 million people will need food because they have partially or completely lost their crops through El Nino induced...